House Of Lords: `I, being the acting returning officer for Hereditary Peers South...'

THAT'S THE great thing about moments of history - they never feel very moment-of-historyish. They fit into the day as if by chance, between the Really Important Events, like getting the kids off to school and rescuing a cat stuck up at a tree at the end of the road.

Berlin Wall festivities highlight new divide

BERLIN IS planning a huge party to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the end of the Wall next week.

A designer ghetto rises in Europe

THEY WILL build a wall along Maticni Street, a wall to separate Gizela and Jozef Lacko from their non-Roma neighbours.

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Staff declare cold war at Berlin Wall museum

"PLEASE DO not steal any of the postcards," implores a sign at the souvenir stall of the House at Checkpoint Charlie. "We are a human rights organisation, and must support ourselves by our own means." Surely none of the schoolkids engaged in fisticuffs among the exhibits would stoop so low as to contemplate nicking something from this august institution? That would be sacrilege.

Cold Call: Sally Chatterton rings Jon Snow

JON SNOW is one of TV's more mysterious newsreaders. Neither the housewife's darling, nor the arrogant pit-bull type, he is one of our quirkier journalists on the serious-minded Channel 4 News. Refreshingly, he even approves of its radical changes in format. He may not have the celebrity status of certain anchormen, but this is set to change, for he has been awarded this year's most coveted interview - with Monica Lewinsky.

Parliament: Tories accuse Dobson of fear tactics

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The leap of hope that ended in despair

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Obituary: Erich Muckenberger

WHEN arraigned before a Berlin court for his responsibility, as a member of the ruling Politburo, for the deaths of the Berlin Wall victims, Muckenberger called the trial "victors' justice". He was subsequently allowed to withdraw from it on the grounds of ill-health in August 1996. The East German Communists had always claimed to head a sovereign, independent state, but at the trial they argued that they had been under orders from Moscow to maintain the Berlin Wall and, if necessary, shoot would-be escapers.

Tear down Korean wall, say friends in the North

The wall dividing North Korea from the South is up for demolition - if the North has its way. But,

Tuesday's Book: Lipstick and Lies by Lesley Grant-Adamson (Hodder & Stoughton, pounds 16.99)

Lesley Grant-Adamson does ordinariness very well. She describes the thoughts and actions of ordinary folk in ordinary language. But since she writes thrillers, she also concerns herself with the extraordinary: with extreme emotions, unthinkable memories, unusual violence. And she writes about these in the same way. This is her strength.

POP Einsturzende Neubaten Astoria, London

Einsturzende Neubauten's singer and instigator Blixa Bargeld once wanted to extinguish music, to press at the borders of what music was till it evaporated, and he could start again. It was an obsessional project that suited the bleak, Berlin Wall-dominated landscape in which his band worked, and the instruments they used, industrial debris from chainsaws to hammers. In their early Eighties heyday, the mere thought of sitting through one of their concerts was terrifying, so extreme were their experiments. But the band's existence is more peripheral than ever these days, its one-time shocking newness surely obsolete. The people who still want them, even need them, the people who crowd this gig, would look obsolete themselves in any other context, lost tribes of post-punks and other audio refuseniks. Fortunately, Bargeld and his cohorts have not forgotten the manifesto they began with. This gig proves what their new album Ende Neu indicated: that their effort to destroy music is over, and that the new music they searched for is in their grasp.

Letter: Britain has seen a revolution

Sir: As I walked through Hyde Park at 6.30 on the morning of Princess Diana's funeral I was reminded of an early November morning in 1989 as I hurried with a BBC film crew to watch the first piece being removed from the Berlin Wall. I couldn't find any rational explanation for my feeling; in fact I was ashamed at comparing this profoundly sad occasion with the excitement of the East German revolution.

Why we still need strong armed forces

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